Second pencil case experiment all finished! This is made out of some calico I dyed with redcurrants, & as soon as I saw the delicate colour I knew I wanted to do something floral. This design is actually inspired by the first piece of original embroidery I ever did (you can see that here), & it was a lot fun updating that (& adding sequins to it – but when are sequins not fun?!)
I have lots of ideas & plans for more of these, with the ultimate aim of getting the standard of my sewing & finish to a point where I would feel comfortable listing some original pieces in my Etsy shop. So keep an eye out for that!
It’s that time of year when all the veg seeds are being sown & some seedlings are starting to come through. I’m still waiting on some pepper & sunflower plants to make an appearance, so fingers crossed!
Happy Easter lovely people! I love this time of year, I find it really motivating as everything starts to get some colour back into it and we actually get some sun (though today has been a bit miserable and grey, but this is the UK so…). Hope you get to enjoy the long weekend – I have a few plans for it, but we’ll see if they work out!
For the next few days this Easter card will have 20% off until I take the listing down, so if you feel like being super-organised & jumping ahead of next year you can find it here
This year’s Easter design is now available here in my Etsy shop as a greetings card! There is just over a week to go so if you order now from the UK then they’ll be just in time. There are also still some free badges to get your hands on as a little thank you to my first 10 customers, but the number is dropping so do be quick if you’d like one. The shop has been open for just over a week now & it’s been a real learning curve but very exciting too. I really would love to hear what you think of how it’s looking, so don’t be shy!
Reading – Sept 2016
Walking – Oct 2016
Gardening – Oct 2016
Creating – March 2017
You can now buy these four images as greetings cards on my brand new Etsy shop here. Each one represents an activity that can prove beneficial to mental health: reading, walking, gardening & creating. Once the cost of the cards has been covered, every single penny from all 4 designs will go to Rethink Mental Illness (www.rethink.org)
The work Rethink does is so important & they have helped me a lot personally too so it would be brilliant if we could raise something to give back to them – & remember there are free badges for the next 8 customers, so you’ll have that to go along with your warm fuzzy feeling at having done a good deed if you do buy one of these cards!
The Goozeberry Jar Etsy shop is now open! You can have a look at it here. And as a little thank you for supporting a brand new seller, the first 10 customers will get a free badge of their choice (of their choosing?) with their first order. Just type the name of the badge design you would like in the ‘Add note to seller’ box at checkout & I’ll add the badge to your parcel! Full details in the Shop Announcement. I’d love to hear what you think of the shop, so please do offer your honest feedback if you take the time to have a look round :)
There will be a little extra for the first TEN customers, so check back on here later if you like freebies for more info on that!
The final image in my series focusing on activities that can be beneficial for mental health, based on my own experiences. This one took a little longer than I wanted, as ‘creativity’ is such a broad spectrum I was at first a bit too spoilt for choice with what to include – at one stage I tried to cram in someone sculpting, sewing, painting AND printing. Even by my standards, that proved to be too busy a drawing for me! After taking a breather from it I decided focusing on the main thing I do, painting (though I don’t paint canvases), would be the best idea. You can see the other three in the series below:
All four will be available as cards very soon, with the money going to a mental health charity, so keep an eye out for that if you are interested.
A little self-portrait I did for today’s March Meet the Maker on Instagram: Work Clothes. Come and say hello!